Recently a lawsuit was filed against a local favorite, The Standard Candy CO. This Tennessee company is famous for making Goo Goo clusters. But the latest news is not about how great its candy taste. The latest news involves allegations that the company did not pay their employees for the time they spend putting on their safety gear. Big deal? Well it can be a big deal. Although this may not seem like much if you look at it based upon the damages to an individual employee when you take this time and multiply times hundreds of employees the back wage claims can add up quick.
I was recently interviewed about this case. You can watch the interview below:
Our Tennessee Overtime Pay Attorneys have handled many cases very similar to this one. In our experience the fight in this case will come down to a few key points. Is it really safety gear that the employees are putting on or is it just a simple uniform. The law requires an employer to pay for the time it takes employees to put on safety gear but not clothing. Strange but I think they assume that clothing is easier and quicker. If it is safety gear the next big fight will be how much time it takes. This will involve experts from both sides recreating the events to see how much time is involved.
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